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One of our favorite Craftster testimonials...

"I have an addiction to craftster.org. It's a sickness. If you can go to that site and not be inspired, then you may not be human and you should start considering the fact that you could be an android or alien hybrid." -- a fine fellow Craftster by the name of "monster"

What is Craftster?

Craftster is an online community where people share hip, off-beat, crafty diy (do it yourself) projects. The term "Craftster" means "crafty hipster" and is also meant to be an homage to the pioneer peer-to-peer sites Napster and Friendster.

Craftster was started in August 2003 and has since grown to a readership of over 1,000,000 readers per month. It has been written up in numerous publications including Time Magazine, the New York Times and the London Guardian.

Craftster is the largest online community for what is now commonly known as "indie crafts." ("Indie" stands for independent as in indie music, indie art, indie film, etc.) Craftster is regarded by many as one of the cornerstones of the recent renaissance in crafting known as the "indie craft movement."

In December 2009, Craftster was acquired by Internet Brands. Internet Brands is a leading Internet media company that operates community and e-commerce websites.

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Who's responsible for this mayhem?

Community Manager / Producer - Jean aka sweets4ever

Jean was Craftster's first employee. A long time Craftster moderator and member, Jean was hired by Leah to assist with the daily operations of Craftster. As Community Manager / Producer she helps maintain the site, and keep things running smoothly. Jean is a lifelong crafter, with a deep love of hot glue, paint, and melted beads. Some of her favorites include interior decorating, repurposing common items, and special occasion crafting. Her latest creation, a small boy named Camden, is her most complicated project so far. Jean loves large dogs, motorcycles, high heels, and is known for her sense of diplomacy.
Community Manager / Producer - Casey aka jungrrl

Casey was a Craftster moderator for several years before coming on as a Community Manager / Producer. She works on a wide variety of projects that keep Craftster the well-oiled craft machine that it is. She is also the Crafty Business Mod, and knows a lot about starting and running indie businesses. In addition to her duties here, Casey is an avid birder and volunteers weekly in the bird department at the world-renowned Field Museum in Chicago. Anything you want to know about birds, crafty businesses, or making adorably grouchy kitty plush, Casey can probably answer. Casey loves working for Craftster because of the people, the inspiration, and because her boss doesn't mind colorful hair in the slightest.
Content / Swap Management - Kristin aka rackycoo

Kristin has been a Craftster member since 2005 and a swap moderator since 2006. She also moderates the Papercraft board with Phizzychick and Stifflersmom. She feels totally at home on Craftster and enjoys working part time to help keep the community running smoothly. When not working, Kristin enjoys doing papercrafts and altered art. She feels that Craftster has added so much to her life in terms of inspiration and supply hoarding.
Video Production - Pam aka kittykill

Pam is the producer and hostess with the mostest behind Craftster's how-to videos. While she's a fan of all crafts, her weapon of choice is needlework. Pam also moderates the needlework section on Craftster and swears she's not responsible for the sauciness that unrelentingly rears it's head over there in the wild west of Craftster. When she's not stitching or shooting videos, Pam can be found wrangling her two Jack Russell Terriers and her Miniature Pinscher.

And last but certainly in no way least... The Craftster Mod Squad, our fine team of volunteer moderators! Click here to read more about 'em...

leah Founder - Leah aka the craftster admin

Craftster was started in August 2003 by Leah Kramer – a computer programmer and self-proclaimed craft junkie. Leah has been crafting ever since she could hold a pair of safety scissors. Somewhere along the lines she thinks she inhaled too much glue because now she is attracted to crafts that are irreverent, ironic, kitschy, or cleverly eco-friendly. She resides in Boston where she was a founder of the "coolest store ever," Magpie, and for 7 years was an organizer of the not-your-grandma's craft fair Bazaar Bizarre.

Leah has officially moved on from Craftster but she is still Craftster's #1 fan.

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